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VEGAN VET ADVICE TO MAKE HOMEMADE PLANT-BASED DOG FOOD

 

ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS NEEDED IN A VEGAN DOG FOOD DIET USING JUST BE KIND SUPPLEMENTIt certainly is possible to homecook for your dog, and is the most cost-effective and nutritious way to feed them……as well as intensifying that wonderful bond that we have with our pets – there is nothing nicer than homecooking for them and having them SO enjoy the food!

We have included a downloadable chart if you wanted to print it off for your kitchen to remind you of all those important nutrients. Follow the guidelines on the chart, and you shouldn’t go wrong. Your dog will love you for choosing goodness instead of ingredients as they can smell the nutrients.

When homecooking, always make sure to blend or mash all the cooked ingredients together and soak any lentils prior to boiling. The supplements are added to the COOKED COOLED FOOD and mixed with peanut butter, tahini paste or ground almonds and fresh chopped herbs with oat milk to form a paste (and make it irresistible to your dog). If the supplement powder is heated, it will damage the valuable vitamins and probiotics so best added onto the cooled food once it has been cooked.

 

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Top protein sources 50% of each meal

LENTILS AND ALFALFA (BEST SPROUTED OR SOAK DRY LENTILS FOR 24 HOURS AND RINSE WELL), RED KIDNEY BEANS, BUTTER BEANS, BLACK-EYED BEANS, TOFU, TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN, PEAS, CHICKPEAS, PUMPKIN SEED AND HEMP – IN PROTEIN POWDER FORM FOR OPTIMUM ABSORPTION

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Top wholegrain sources 20% of each meal

WHOLEWHEAT PASTA, OATS, QUINOA (RINSE WELL BEFORE USE OR IS BITTER), PEARL BARLEY, BROWN RICE, MILLET, POLENTA

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Top colourful veg sources 10% of each meal

SWEET POTATO WITHOUT SKIN, ANY SQUASH, SWEDE, CAULIFLOWER, CELERY, PARSNIPS, BEETROOTS, TURNIPS, CARROTS, RED CABBAGE

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Top green veg sources 10% of each meal

KALE, BROCCOLI, GREEN BEANS, ASPARAGUS, COURGETTES, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, (SPINACH, BEET GREENS AND SWISS CHARD GOOD BUT IN MODERATION AS HIGH IN OXALATES THAT FORM KIDNEY STONES), CABBAGE, BRUSSEL SPROUTS – (NO ONIONS, LEEKS OR GARLIC)

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Top fruit sources 5% of each meal

BANANAS, APPLES AND PEARS (NO PIPS), ORANGES, BLUEBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES, MELON – (NO GRAPES OR RAISINS)

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Top nut and seed sources 5% of each meal

GROUND ALMONDS, PURE PEANUT BUTTER, TAHINI PASTE, GROUND PUMPKIN SEEDS, CASHEW NUTS (NO MACADAMIA NUTS)

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Top Omega 6 sources

SUNFLOWER OIL HAS THE HIGHEST LINOLEIC ACID CONTENT SO FEED 1 TSP/DAY IN THE FOOD FOR A 10KG DOG. OTHER GOOD SOURCES ARE LINSEED OIL (FLAXSEED), SESAME OIL, RAPESEED OR BORAGE OIL

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Top Calcium Sources

COOKED KALE, SWISS CHARD, BEETROOT TOPS, TAHINI PASTE OR ANY OF THE PLANT-BASED MILK ALTERNATIVES

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Top Omega 3 source

ALGAE OIL CAPSULES PROVIDE THE BEST SOURCES OF PURE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EPA AND DHA OMEGA 3 – WHERE FISH GET THEIR OMEGA 3’S FROM. GIVE 1 CAPSULE EVERY 2 DAYS TO A 25KG DOG

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Top Vitamin B source

NUTRITIONAL YEAST FLAKES FOR VITAMIN B, ZINC AND PROTEIN. SUPPLEMENT AS SHOWN BELOW

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Top Urinary Acidifiers

PLANT-BASED DIETS TEND TO BE ALKALINE-PROMOTING FOODS. IF RECURRENT INFECTIONS IN YOUR DOG, MUST ADD SUPPLEMENTS WITH METHIONINE. ASPARAGUS, PEAS, BROWN RICE, OATS, LENTILS AND YEAST ARE ACIDIFYING.

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Top Iodine Source

MARINE PHYTOPLANKTON, CHLORELLA, PLAQUE OFF

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Top palatability supplement for fussy dogs

TAHINI PASTE, NUTRITIONAL YEAST, PURE PEANUT BUTTER, SESAME OIL, OREGANO, MINT, THYME OR BASIL TO GIVE A FAMILIAR FLAVOUR

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Top supplements to add

TAURINE AND L-CARNITINE NEEDS SUPPLEMENTING AS WELL AS  VIT B12, ZINC, IRON, SULPHUR AMINO ACIDS SUCH AS METHIONINE AND CALCIUM AS WELL AS PROBIOTICS FOR A HEALTHY GUT MICROBIOME – JUST BE KIND SUPPLEMENT SUPPLIES ALL OF THESE. VEGETOLOGY ALGAE OIL CAPSULES FOR VIT D3 & OMEGA 3‘S

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AMOUNT OF JUST BE KIND SUPPLEMENT TO ADD TO HOMECOOKED FOOD

Toy & small breeds (1 – 9kgs)  1.4g/kg body weight daily
Medium breeds (10 – 24kgs)   1g/kg body weight daily
Large Breeds from 25kgs        0.8g/kg body weight daily

PLEASE NOTE THAT 1 TABLESPOON POWDER (15ml) WEIGHS 10g, SO A 10kg DOG NEEDS 1 TABLESPOON DAILY AND A 25kg DOG NEEDS 2 TABLESPOONS DAILY

Feed the required amount mixed into your dog’s cooled cooked food. Split the required amount equally over each portion if batch cooking. Mix the supplement with the most palatable ‘toppings’ that you know your dog loves such as peanut butter, ground almonds, desiccated coconut, tahini paste, oregano and some oat milk to form a paste. Your dog will find this nutrient rich ‘icing’ on their homecooked cooled food irresistible!

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOMECOOKING

No questions are too basic or ‘silly’ as some owners have said. These are some questions asked by owners that will hopefully help you –

Why does everything get mashed or blended once it is cooked?

The secret to homecooking a plant-based diet, is to make sure that everything is well cooked and blended. Dogs have shorter digestive tracts than we do and they do not chew their food like we do – some owners describe their dogs as ‘hoovering’ their food! For this reason, by blending everything, it ensures that your dog can get the maximum nutrition from the food.

It is possible to bake most of our recipes which is better for fussier dogs as it gives them something to bite into and it makes the food tastier. See the video below that shows the baking stage –

The Just be Kind supplement must not be added to the cooked or even the hot food as this destroys the valuable vitamins.

Always add the supplement at the end along with the oil and fresh herbs to make a ‘nutrient rich icing’ that you either mix into the cooled cooked food, or add it as a topping or as a filler if making ‘sandwiches’ with the baked food. We advise batch cooking to make it easy and practical for you to feed plant-based homemade long term.

WHAT ABOUT PROTEINS?

Our JUST BE KIND supplement contains all the essential amino acids (and some non-essential ones such as Taurine and Methionine) that are missing in a homemade dog food diet. Follow these feeding instructions when adding the supplement –

Toy & small breeds (1 – 9kgs) 1.4g/kg body weight daily
Medium breeds (10 – 24kgs) 1g/kg body weight daily
Large Breeds from 25kgs 0.8g/kg body weight daily

Every weight of dog has a different requirement. You will see that the smaller the dog, the greater the amount of supplement needed as the greater the protein requirement. Smaller dogs have a higher metabolism as well as a much higher surface area which means more fur covering that surface area, and fur needs 30% of the protein in a dog’s diet!

Can I mix the dry biscuits with the wet homemade food?

Absolutely and it will make the homemade food last longer. The quantities you are weighing will be the same, but if half the daily ration is made of dry biscuits mixed into the homemade food, it will last twice as long.

We do advise using the top recommended and balanced dry foods – TRY SAMPLES OF THE TOP FOODS

Another option is our Solo-Vegetal premium dry food + supplement special for owners who want the very best of both for their dogs.

What is the best Algae oil Omega 3 capsule to use?

We advise using these Vegetology Algae oil capsules that complement our JUST BE KIND supplement perfectly! They are human grade and contain the highest and purest form of the essential Omega 3 EPA. As they are ‘human capsules’ (you can benefit from them too:), they do not carry the heftier price tag when marketed for our pets….and they are completely safe for our pets!

The dose is 1 capsule for an average 25kg dog every 2 days, but if your dog is elderly or suffers with skin conditions, it is worth giving 1 capsule daily for its important anti-inflammatory effect.

For small dogs, you can make a tiny hole in the top of the capsule and squeeze some daily onto their food – again giving more if they are elderly or suffer from dermatitis. They are quite safe to use and are the purest form of Omega 3’s that you can give to your dog.

Won't boiling all the food together damage all the nutrients in the vegetables?

We agree that for us to boil all our food together for so long does seem contra-indicated as all the important nutrients may be lost. It is very different in our dogs as they cannot fully absorb the nutrients unless everything is well cooked and carefully mashed or blended.

Dogs do not chew their food as we do, they instinctively gulp their food, so the digestive process only starts in the stomach and intestines. Their intestinal tract is shorter than ours so they need everything already broken down to be able to absorb all the amino acids and nutrients from the food (or you will spot whole seeds or peas coming out the other end!)

Never throw out any remaining water as it is nutrient rich broth and full of proteins that need to be fed to yor dog, not go down the plughole!

By adding in the oats, or millet, or polenta to the remaining nutrient rich broth; you ensure that no nutrient rich water gets thrown away – some dogs will even drink the broth quite happily without the addition of the oats. It is worth keeping some broth and freezing it for emergencies as this broth is ideal for any dogs suffering from a tummy bug or recovering from an anaesthetic. The vegetables used are soothing and cleansing to their digestive tract.

What are the best Omega 6 oils to use?

Sunflower oil (or rapeseed oil) has the highest amount of linoleic acid that is essential to our dogs so it is the oil of choice for your dog to obtain their vital Omega 6’s. You can also use sesame oil and linseed (same as flaxseed oil) also for their high Omega 6 content, and dogs find sesame oil particularly palatable!

The dose is 0.5g per kg of dog ie a 5kg dog will need 2.5g oil a day in the food and a 10kg dog will need 5g a day in the food which is 1 tsp a day of oil.

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